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Bonnie Bush, City Clerk Administrator, conducts and administers municipal elections that are generally consolidated with the County Elections Department. For current and past election information, please visit the Santa Cruz County Elections Department website.


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November 6, 2018 General Election:

Measure M

  

 The Candidate Nomination Period has closed. Three of the seven seats will be up for election. These are currently held by:

  • Richelle Noroyan
  • Cynthia Chase
  • David Terrazas (termed out)

Terms are for four years, from December 2018 through December 2022.

Additional information on the election process can be found by clicking on the link to the Candidate Information FAQ.

 

CANDIDATE UPDATE:

The following people have qualified as candidates for City Council:

Philip Crawford

Justin Cummings

Paige Concannon

David Lane

Greg Larson

Cynthia Hawthorne

Richelle Noroyan

Donna Meyers

 Ashley Scontriano

Drew Glover

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Notice of Election - Candidates

Notice of Election - Ballot Measures and Ballot Argument Deadlines

Important Dates for Candidates

Prospective candidates who wish to run for City Councilmember in the upcoming November 6, 2018 election MUST do the following prior to campaigning (or can submit forms during the Nomination Period):

  1. File an FPPC Form 501. Prospective candidates can file their FPPC Form 501 anytime between now and the Nomination Period.
  2. After filing an FPPC Form 501, should a candidate begin to campaign and raise funds he/or she must also file an originally signed FPPC Form 410 with the Secretary of State (copy of the form to be submitted to Bonnie in the Clerk's office) within 10 days of receiving $2,000.  

Instructions for both forms are on the first page of each form. Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly, and contact Bonnie should you have questions. Prospective candidates can mail or drop off their FPPC forms at City of Santa Cruz, 809 Center Street, Rm 9, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 

Current Councilmembers, Measures, and Current and Past City Council Candidate FPPC Forms (410, 460, 501, etc.)


VOLUNTARY CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE LIMITATIONS AND MANDATORY CONTRIBUTION LIMITATIONS FOR CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Candidates who agree to abide by the City of Santa Cruz’s voluntary campaign finance reform spending limits receive a free statement on the City's website. City Council candidate statements are posted by the City in the form submitted by the candidate without editing, proofreading, or spell-checking by City staff. The opinions and statements set forth are those of the candidates to whom they are attributed and do not reflect the City’s official positions on issues addressed in the statement. The candidate’s statement is not a City endorsement of any candidate’s candidacy. The information is submitted to the voters by the City as a service to assist voters and for informational purposes only, and the statement is not intended to, and does not, exempt any candidate or statement author from civil or criminal liability for any false, slanderous, or libelous statements set forth on the City’s website.

Ordinance No. 2000-11 - limits campaign expenditures by candidates.

Ordinance No. 2002-07 - amends Ordinance No. 2000-11.

Ordinance No. 2002-14 - amends Ordinance No. 2002-07 to include limitations on campaign contributions to candidates.

Ordinance No. 2004-16 - an additional ordinance enacted pertaining to City Council Election Campaign expenditures and contributions.

Ordinance No. 2014-06 - the ordinance was amended again to set a voluntary campaign expenditure limitation cap to be calculated at $0.60 per city resident and establish a mandatory contribution limitation of $350 per individual and organization, indexed by $50.00 five year incremental increases. 

Candidates who agree to the campaign spending and contribution limitations are entitled to be featured (at no charge to themselves) on the City's website.

The expenditure limitation cap is established every election year by using the most recent census records and a rate per City resident.

The 2018 election year VOLUNTARY expenditure limit is $39,872.40 (66,454 residents x $.60). The MANDATORY contribution limit is $350 per individual and organization. Candidates must agree to:

  • Spend $1,000 in support of their candidacy or procure 250 signatures of City electors
  • Form a controlled committee
  • Accept voluntary contribution and mandatory contribution limits
  • Provide information from any organization upon the request of the City of Santa Cruz

For help with election information, please contact Bonnie Bush, City Clerk Administrator at (831) 420-5035.


CURRENT COUNCILMEMBER TERMS  

Councilmember

Term Expiration

Eligible for another
4-year Term

Mayor David Terrazas

December 2018

No

V. Mayor Martine Watkins

December 2020

Yes, in 2020

Richelle Noroyan

December 2018

Yes, in 2018

Cynthia Mathews

December 2020

No

Cynthia Chase

December 2018

Yes, in 2018

Chris Krohn

December 2020

Yes, in 2020

Sandy Brown

December 2020

Yes, in 2020


ELECTION RESOURCES LINKS 
  • FPPC Webinars and Live Workshops - Topics include initial campaign activities, contribution and expenditure rules, reporting requirements, and post-election tasks. If you are the filing officer for campaign statements, candidates or a treasurer you are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities.

  • FPPC Candidate Toolkit

 
 
SUBMITTING A BALLOT MEASURE
 

How to do a City Initiative [PDF]

Guide to Writing Arguments, Rebuttals, and Analyses for Local Measures [PDF] 


 

June 5, 2018 Primary Election

Click here for results.
 City of Santa Cruz measures on the ballot: